SANGER — Wearing seafoam green shoes, Carissa Spiker caught everyone’s attention with a game-high 23 points as Sanger took down Denton 57-33 on Tuesday night.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
Argyle’s defense anchored the Lady Eagles against Denton on Tuesday and their first-quarter lead was never seriously challenged, but Argyle coach Skip Townsend stressed the importance of not taking a team lightly.
The first overtime went scoreless, and the thrilling, second overtime saw each team post eight points to send it to a third extra session, where Ryan persevered with a 62-58 victory at home Monday afternoon against Denton.
Denton senior DJ Lang still has one more season to improve upon his fourth- and fifth-place finishes at the state meet and says he intends to contend for a title in February. In the meantime, he’s taken the next step toward his collegiate career by signing a national letter of intent with Alabama on Thursday.
Junior Key’andre Hearvey’s touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game put Denton within a score of Trophy Club Nelson and breathed hope into a persistent Broncos team that just wouldn’t quit. The Broncos’ defense held for a punt and senior Cy Ward found Hearvey for a long fourth-down conversion with less than 90 seconds left that gave Denton a few more cracks at a game-tying touchdown. Senior Adarian Harris nearly pulled down the clutch touchdown in double-coverage two plays later, but he couldn’t complete the catch all the way to the ground and Ward was unable to create with Nelson’s defensive pressure panting down his neck as the Broncos fell 28-21 in the final game of the season on Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Denton’s final game of the season against Trophy Club Nelson doesn’t quite hold the significance the Broncos’ had hoped for, as they were eliminated from the playoff hunt with last week’s loss to Wichita Falls Rider, but Denton is looking to head into next season with confidence and optimism.
The cross country course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock has become a pretty familiar site for Guyer’s Devin Norton.
Until the final minutes of the first half, it wasn’t clear which team was going to be the first to grab the game by the horns. With each team exchanging offensive blows, the Wichita Falls Rider Raiders were the ones who landed the final punch of the half and the opening strike of the third quarter as they held on to defeat Denton 51-41 on senior night at Bronco Field on Friday.
If Denton wants to extend its playoff streak to three straight years, the Lady Broncos will have to come up with one more win. Denton, Azle and Wichita Falls Rider finished the regular season tied for third place in District 5-4A, setting up a mini-tournament in Bowie on Friday.
In the final District 5-4A match for both teams, Guyer looked to be heading into the playoffs with all phases of its game in shape with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-19 sweep at Denton on Tuesday.
Maybe the Denton Broncos did have a tough, opening District 5-4A schedule. Maybe it was their lack of consistency that led them to losing their first three district games. Either way, the Broncos seemed to be playing from behind. On Friday, Denton jumped on the Azle Hornets early, came up with crucial turnovers and delivered the most eye-popping defensive plays of the season for their second straight district win as they took down Azle 42-14 at Bronco Field.
FORT WORTH — Denton withstood a strong start from the Fort Worth Brewer Bears on Friday, spotting them a 10-0 lead, but the Broncos erupted with 37 straight points to secure their first District 5-4A victory of the season, 51-16, at Brewer Bears Stadium on Brewer’s homecoming night.
The first three District 5-4A games for Denton saw the Broncos fall to two playoff teams from a year ago in Guyer and Lake Dallas as well as Wichita Falls, which is unbeaten in district play and has the inside track to the playoffs.
Despite the fact that her team lost in four sets, there were still positives for Denton coach Danielle Silva to extract following Tuesday’s loss to Trophy Club Nelson.
When sophomore running back Xavier Scott crossed the goal line with less than four minutes left in the first half to bring Denton within a touchdown, the Broncos looked as if they had put their sluggish start behind them. However, their defense couldn’t keep its head above water long enough to match the Coyotes’ dynamic playmakers as Wichita Falls sent Denton to its third consecutive District 5-4A loss with a 41-21 victory on homecoming night at Bronco Stadium.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t remember much about his team’s only district win, including the score, against Wichita Falls last season, and what he does remember isn’t overly positive.
FORT WORTH — Ryan freshman Kate Soltero continued her strong season with a first-place finish at the Falcon Fast Invitational at Keller Timber Creek on Friday.
The first offensive possession for Guyer was arguably the worst the Wildcats played all night as Jerrod Heard’s interception gave the Denton Broncos valuable field position inside the Wildcats’ red zone, but Guyer’s defense held strong and forced the Broncos into a failed field goal try. From there, Heard and the Wildcats wasted no time in getting their offense working as efficiently as an assembly line, steamrolling their way to a 66-7 District 5-4A victory on their homecoming night Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Last year’s contest between Guyer and Denton really wasn’t much of a contest. The Wildcats shut out the Broncos 62-0, with their offense scoring on their first play from scrimmage and their defense holding Denton to 30 rushing yards and 144 passing yards.
When Denton returned the second-half kickoff to the Lake Dallas 13-yard line and the Falcons were flagged with a pass interference call two plays later that put the ball at the 3-yard line instead of an interception, the Broncos seemed poised to get themselves within a touchdown and right back in the game.
The game’s impact on District 5-4A’s playoff race will be hard to quantify after Denton and Lake Dallas’ district-opening showdown.
Many districts stake claim to being the toughest in Texas in their respective classification, and District 5-4A is definitely one of them.
The Denton Lady Broncos entered their fourth district match of the season against Fort Worth Brewer with injury concerns all over the team, and head coach Danielle Silva wanted to see greater offensive versatility and blocking after falling in three sets to Trophy Club Nelson on the road Friday.
Shutting out Fort Worth Western Hills 63-0 last Friday certainly gave Denton some momentum heading into a bye week before its district opener, but Broncos coach Kevin Atkinson’s hoarse voice suggests that winning isn’t enough for a squad that wants to make the playoffs.
FORT WORTH — In the practices leading up to Friday night’s game against Fort Worth Western Hills, the Denton Broncos imagined putting together a complete game to send them into their bye week on an upswing. What transpired at Farrington Field was more than a complete game; it was a resounding statement to the rest of the district that Denton is a force to be recognized after its 63-0 win to improve its record to 2-1 heading into District 5-4A play in two weeks.
Before the Denton Broncos can embark on the second phase of their season when they host district rival Lake Dallas in two weeks, they have to be mindful of the task at hand.
After Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson battled for a district championship last season, splitting their head-to-head meetings, it was the Denton Lady Broncos who knocked off Guyer and gave the Lady Bobcats the District 5-4A volleyball title.
FORT WORTH — After recently enduring injuries to some of its top players, Denton had been on a bit of a losing skid. But after Tuesday’s dominant three-set performance against Keller Fossil Ridge, the Lady Broncos are now riding a three-match winning streak and look to be in midseason form heading into Friday’s district opener against Wichita Falls Rider.
The first game of the season ended with Denton on the wrong side of a closely contested seven-point road loss against Dallas Bishop Lynch with both the offense and defense looking unpolished. But in the Broncos’ home opener against Carrollton R.L. Turner on Friday night, they illustrated just how efficient both can be as they defeated the Lions 51-18.
Denton High held the lead and momentum midway through the third quarter after starting the game sluggishly, but it was Bishop Lynch’s exploitation of the Broncos’ secondary and penalties that gave the Friars enough gas to come back and claim a 30-23 season-opening victory at Roffino Stadium on Friday night.
The early-morning practices, sweat-drenched socks, countless hours studying film and hoarse voices have boiled down to Denton’s season opener at Dallas Bishop Lynch, and right out of the gate, the Broncos will be tested in all facets of the game.
For two football programs that have met in a game just once, Guyer and Aledo are awfully familiar with each other.
Starting today, the Ryan Lady Raiders will attempt to do something they have done only once in 17 years. The volleyball team will be looking to defend its home court and put on a strong showing in the Ryan Kick-Off Classic.